Downtown Pawleys Live – September 2, 2018


Downtown Pawleys Live is a one-of-a-kind event located behind the Island Shops in Pawleys Island. An all day festival with a collection of the best regional bands, art, fresh food, craft beers, and Tito’s Handmade Vodka! The acts, refreshments, and location have been carefully selected to provide a high quality, low country vibe and ensure an awesome time bringing our community together. Join us as we celebrate the conclusion of summer, singing, dancing, eating, and enjoying. Proceeds benefit Hobcaw Barony.

Gates open at 11:30AM and music begins at 1PM. Rain or shine event. Children 12 & under free!

Advanced tickets $20 online. Day of tickets $30 at the door.

DPL is a non-smoking event. Carpooling encouraged. DPL Recycles.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

DPL is an all age event, children 12 and under are Free! You must be 21 years or older with valid ID to purchase alcohol.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Ridesharing is encouraged.

What can I bring into the event?

Lawn/Beach chairs. No outside coolers, food and beverages. You may bring factory sealed water bottle.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Date and Time

Sun, September 2, 2018

1:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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Behind the Island Shops, 10659 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

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Refund Policy

No Refunds


Earth Day at Brookgreen Gardens

Along the Grand Strand, we appreciate the natural beauty and splendor displayed by the coastal Carolina landscape. From the Atlantic Ocean to the unspoiled wetlands inland and along the shores of the Waccamaw River, the area branching out from Pawleys Island showcases unique ecosystems and landscapes that are worth protecting for future generations to enjoy.

On your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island, you can learn why these natural areas are worth protecting and what you can do to help by visiting the Earth Day Festival at Brookgreen Gardens.

Taking place on Saturday, April 21st, the Earth Day Festival at Brookgreen Gardens will be a great event for kids and adults alike to learn about nature, conservation efforts and the work that goes on behind the scenes to make Brookgreen Gardens the world-class botanical sanctuary that it is.

The Earth Day celebration will run from 10 AM to 4 PM that day with all-day garden demonstrations teaching attendees how to cultivate plants in your garden and helping novice gardeners learn the tricks of the trade.

Everywhere you look in Brookgreen Gardens, you’re sure to see vibrant floral displays, and during the Earth Day celebration, you will be able to purchase many of the same species showcased throughout the park at their plant sale.

At 11 AM, guests can learn how the intricate botanical sculptures of the park are made with an exhibition by park sculptor Trailer McQuilkin. Also, at 1 PM, Craig Sasser of the Waccamaw Wildlife Refuge will give a talk on native species of the lowcountry area.

The Earth Day Festival will also feature plenty of great activities geared towards kids. Guided tours of the Lowcountry Zoo will allow guests to witness and learn about native species including river otters, whitetail deer, bald eagles, red foxes and more. There will also be a variety of conservation stations to make learning about nature fun and allowing kids to construct make-and-take crafts to remember this special day.

The weather along the Grand Strand is only getting nicer each day, and with our amazing spring specials, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend trip to Pawleys Island! Our Pawleys Island vacation rentals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort have delighted beach visitors for years, and we’re sure that you deserve a relaxing getaway to this lowcountry coastal paradise!

Seasonal Events at Hobcaw Barony

May 1, 2017 (Monday)
7:30 am – 12:00 pm
$125 / person, Limited to 4 persons
Enjoy a rare opportunity to travel as a group of six to  explore the creeks and islands of “the best understood estuary in the world.” Captain Paul Kenny and Foundation staff explain salt marsh ecology, international research and coastal history on a very special boat trip with a walk on North Island, where Lafayette landed in 1777. Departing from Hobcaw’s Clambank Landing, the boat meanders through serpentine creeks from the Inlet to Pumpkinseed Island, to Muddy Bay and back. Snacks, water and PFDs provided. Reservations are required, click here to register.
May 20, 2017 (Saturday)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / person, Unlimited, Car Caravan
Commemorate Armed Forces Day at Hobcaw Barony, remembering President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1944 visit. While war raged and D-Day was finalized FDR rested, guarded by Secret Service and all branches of the military. Join us at Hobcaw House to tour the house and grounds and meet World War II US Army re-enactors, led by guest speaker Mike Glazier. Interpretation focuses this day on the president’s month long stay, Belle’s Victory Garden, Georgetown’s municipal involvement and a world at war. Reservations are required, click here to register.
May 25, 2017 (Thursday)
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
$75 / person, Limited to 25 persons
The 19 year-old French soldier and aristocrat, Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette became convinced that the American Revolution reflected his own beliefs stating “My heart was dedicated.” Join us for an intimate dinner at Hobcaw House and a lively talk by guest lecturer, Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince: historian, author and Coastal Carolina University professor. Lafayette crossed the Atlantic Ocean landing off course “on lonely North Island,” due east of Hobcaw Barony on June 13, 1777. After a two-day stay, Lafayette swore to conquer or die for the American cause. The circumstances of his arrival and welcome by SC militia member, Major Benjamin Huger have been told by generations; Dr. Prince will help us separate legend from fact.  Reservations are required, click here to register.
June 7, 2017 (Wednesday)
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$30 / person, Limited to 75 persons
Calling all South Carolina history buffs to attend our traditional “Summer Supper” at Kimbel Lodge at Hobcaw Barony to drink, eat BBQ and listen to Steve Griffith, Esquire. Formerly of Charlotte and now a resident of Columbia, he has lectured at and been published through SC Historical Society and the South Caroliniana Library Society. His lecture will focus on South Carolina’s pivotal role in the election of 1800 when presidential candidates included incumbent John Adams, South Carolinian Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (son of Eliza Lucas Pinckney of indigo fame),Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr whose daughter Theodosia married Joseph Alston one of their wedding gifts was Oryzantia Plantation at Hobcaw. The contested election results, the famous Burr-Hamilton duel in 1804, Theodosia’s disappearance at sea in 1812, Joseph’s election as South Carolina governor in 1812, and his death of a broken heart. Intrigue, drama and tangled history – politics as usual! (Photo credit (Please BYOB should you wish to have an alcoholic beverage.) Reservations are required, click here to register.
Hike Hobcaw
June 21, 2017 (Wednesday)

2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited to 14 persons
Register your child (7-16) for a guided beach walk with Foundation staff and volunteers as we discuss barrier islands, maritime forests, tides and turtles. Traveling by bus through DeBordieu Colony to Hobcaw Beach, children disembark on the shore and may return with shells, fossils and “bio-facts.” Bring water, hat and sunscreen. Reservations are required, click here to register.
June 24, 2017 (Saturday)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$20 / person, Limited to 28 persons
Have you always hoped to bring your children on a bus tour but wondered if they would enjoy their time? This family tour hits the highlights of Hobcaw Barony’s ecology, history and research, but includes more interpretation on wildlife and the children who once lived, visited or worked on the plantation. Stories from Belle Baruch’s own childhood will help us understand her desire to preserve the land forever. Reservations are required, click here to register.

July 5, 2017 (Wednesday)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / child
It’s Allie the alligator’s birthday! Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn about these living dinosaurs and celebrate his birthday with cupcakes, juice and an alligator craft. Reservations are required, click here to register.
July 19, 2017 (Wednesday)

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited 43 persons
From silly superstitions to scary stories, learn the Lowcountry legends of Alice and The Grey Man, plat-eyes and hags, but discover who created these stories and why they have lasted. Religion and discipline, along with cultural and geographic differences all have contributed. English, Irish and African traditions all brought beliefs to America and South Carolina is famous for its swamps, woods and unusual occurrences. This indoor storytelling program prepares kids of all ages for their own outdoor experiences. Reservations are required, click here to register.
July 26, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$25 / person, Limited to 28 persons
Rice planters evacuated, northern duck hunters visited in the winter. How did the South change when air-conditioning was invented? Enjoy a 20th century history lesson as we explore the changes to South Carolina agriculture, industry, population and culture while enjoy a glass of sweet tea in the cool interior of Hobcaw House. Reservations are required, click here to register.
August 2, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / child
Even our snakes have birthdays!  Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn all about them and celebrate with cupcakes, juice and a take home craft. Reservations are required, click here to register.
August 16, 2017 (Wednesday)
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
$30 / person, Limited to 28
Celebrate Belle Baruch’s birthday at Hobcaw House by learning more about her art collection, the theft of a number of pieces, and their 2016 recovery and return. Original art by Aston Knight, Eugene Blocaille, F.M. Hollams, Rockwell Kent and “Allemany” (a recent mystery solved) is on view. Reproductions including those by Sir Alfred J. Munnings and Miguel Covarrubias tell stories of the Baruch family past. Highlights are shared from a past episode of  PBS’s Antiques Roadshow and a recent lecture at Charleston’s Gibbes Museum of Art by our executive director and a trustee. Art not usually on exhibit is included this day.  Reservations are required, click here to register.

August 21, 2017 (Monday)

12:00 pm  – 4:30 pm, Limited to 28
$50 / person
August 21, 2017 offers a rare opportunity to view a TOTAL solar eclipse.  Join CCU adjunct teacher Ron Revere for a lecture about eclipses and what to expect.  The lecture begins promptly at noon then will travel by bus to Clambank landing to watch this event with supplied eclipse glasses.  Bring snacks, water and a folding chair if desired.  (Photo credit to NASA and Reservations are required, click here to register.
CapN Rod (2)Cap’N Rod Boat Tours
Looking to visit Hobcaw Barony from a different perspective? Reserve your place on Cap’N Rod’s Boat Tours to arrive at Hobcaw Barony the way the Baruchs did before the bridges into Georgetown were built.  This seasonal program is offered Spring and Summer only. This three (3) hour tour cruises up Winyah Bay giving view to majestic oak trees and the abandoned rice fields of Hobcaw Barony.  The boat arrives at Hobcaw Barony pier where you disembark to enjoy a tour of Bernard Baruch’s winter hunting retreat. Reservations are required. $35/person.  Visit: to make a reservation, or please call (843) 477-0287, or Click here to book a reservation through Cap’N Rod.
Boarding takes place behind the clock tower in Georgetown at 701 Front Street.
Dates Available:
April 19, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
May 10, 2017 (Wednesday) 3 pm – 6 pm
May 17, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
June 1, 2017 (Thursday) 2 pm – 5 pm
June 7, 2017 (Wednesday) 3 pm – 6 pm
June 15, 2017 (Thursday) 12 pm – 3 pm
June 21, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
July 5, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
July 13, 2017 (Thursday) 12 pm – 3 pm
July 20, 2017 (Tuesday) 3 pm – 6 pm
July 27, 2017 (Thursday) 11 am – 2 pm
August 2, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm
August 10, 2017 (Thursday) 11 am – 2 pm
August 17, 2017 (Thursday) 2 pm – 5 pm
August 30, 2017 (Wednesday) 2 pm – 5 pm

Hobcaw Barony Children’s Programs

Learn to throw Cast Neta Cast Net

April 14, 2017 (Friday)
1:30 p m – 4:00 pm
$20 / person
Boat season is here and if you have ever wondered how to throw a cast net, this is your chance!  Come to Hobcaw Barony and learn this fool-proof way of opening the net with ease after only a few practice casts. You will never miss the bait again and will be welcomed on the bow of any boat once you have mastered the art of the throw.  After practicing on land, participants will be taken to Clambank Creek to test their skills. Open for all ages. Bring your own cast net. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Cane Pole Fishing at Hobcaw Barony

April 19, 2017 (Wednesday)
10:30 am – 1:00 pm
$20 / person
Fish the old fashioned way! Catch and release fish at the ponds of Hobcaw Barony. Cane pole and bait provided for each participant. Please remember to bring sunscreen, water and snacks. Reservations are required, click here to make a reservation.

Wild Wednesday Series – Children’s Beach Walk

June 21, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 5:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited to 14 persons.

Register your child (7-16) for a guided beach walk with Foundation staff and volunteers as we discuss barrier islands, maritime forests, tides and turtles. Traveling by our bus through DeBordieu Colony to Hobcaw Beach, children disembark on the shore and may return with shells, fossils and “bio-facts.” Due to limited space, this program is only available for children. Children should be signed in at HBDC 15 minutes prior to commencement of program. Parents can pick up children from HBDC at 5 pm. Bring water, hat and sunscreen. (Exertion level: walking 2 hours) Reservations are required, click here to register.



Family Tour of Hobcaw Barony

June 24, 2017 (Saturday)
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
$20 / person, Limited to 28 persons.

Have you always hoped to bring your children on a bus tour but wondered if they would enjoy their time? This family tour hits the highlights of Hobcaw Barony’s ecology, history and research, but includes more interpretation on wildlife and the children who once lived, visited or worked on the plantation. Stories from Belle Baruch’s own childhood will help us understand her desire to preserve the land forever. Reservations are required, click here to register.

Wild Wednesday Series – Alligator Birthday

July 5, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / child

It’s Andy the alligator’s birthday! Come to the Hobcaw Barony Discovery Center to learn about these living dinosaurs and celebrate his birthday with cupcakes, juice and an alligator craft. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult (free of charge). Reservations are required, click here to register.

Wild Wednesday Series – Ghosts From The Coast

July 19, 2017 (Wednesday)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
$10 / person, Limited 43 persons.

From silly superstitions to scary stories, learn the Lowcountry legends of Alice and The Grey Man, plat-eyes and hags, but discover who created these stories and why they have lasted. Religion and discipline, along with cultural and geographic differences all have contributed. English, Irish and African traditions all brought beliefs to America and South Carolina is famous for its swamps, woods and unusual occurrences. This indoor storytelling program prepares kids of all ages for their own outdoor experiences. Reservations are required, click here to register.

9:00 am – 12:30 pm
$125 per camper
Donor Pre-Registration begins February 27, 2017
Public Registration begins March 13, 2017

You can take the child out of the Lowcountry, but you can’t take the Lowcountry out of the child.  Hobcaw Barony offers 6 individual weeks of coastal ecology camp.  Parents can enjoy a half day break while their children have an awesome time learning about our local environments through various indoor/outdoor activities. Participants in Summer Ecology Camp gain access to places for crabbing, fishing, animal tracking and beach combing that are not open to the public.  Camp at Hobcaw Barony provides children an opportunity to learn in a truly undeveloped 16,000 acre environment where several different ecosystems are available for study.

Coastal Ecology Camps are 4 days every week and open ONLY to rising 2nd graders through to rising 5th graders.  Children experience a different environment each morning includes:

  • Forest ecology and animal tracking
  • Salt marsh and crabbing
  • Beach ecology and seining
  • Freshwater and pond fishing

Due to the popularity of this camp, participants are only allowed to participate in one session.

**Advance registration is required.**

Cancellation policy: Refunds only processed if notice of cancellation is given two weeks before start date of the registered camp.

Week 1 – June 6, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 9, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 2 – June 13, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 16, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 3 – June 20, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 23, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 4 – June 27, 2017 (Tuesday) – June 30, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.
Week 5 – July 3, 2017 (MONDAY) – July 7, 2017 (Friday) – No camp on July 4, click here to register your camper.
Week 6 –  July 11, 2017 (Tuesday) – July 14, 2017 (Friday), click here to register your camper.

Upon completion of registration, an email will be sent containing forms that need to be completed and returned to Richard Camlin within a week of receipt of the documents.

Teachers, looking for more information about our educational programs?  Click here.

Top Things to Do Highway 17 Georgetown County


If you’re visiting Georgetown for the first time, or just exploring all that the area has to offer, there is plenty to do and see along U.S. Highway 17, also known as Ocean Highway.

To that end, the Tidelands Magazine staff developed this list of 17 must-do stops along Highway 17. So take a drive along Highway 17 – and a few detours along the way – and experience everything Georgetown County and the South Strand has to offer. We begin in the most northern portion of the county and take you throughout our most Southern border. Some stops are along Highway 17, while others are short distances just off the highway but all are easily accessible.

1) Garden City Pier

Good old-fashioned beach fun awaits visitors at the Garden City Pier, located at 110 S. Waccamaw Drive in Murrells Inlet. Hand-scooped ice cream, skeeball, live bands and karaoke entices kids of all ages to Garden City’s go-to place for fun. The pier’s nearly 700-foot length tempts many to rent a rod and reel and give pier fishing a try; many young anglers catch their first shark from the rolling breakers below.

2) Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

Nestled in one of the most picturesque spots in Georgetown County, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church sits beneath majestic oaks on the waterfront in Murrells Inlet. Named for the Rev. James L. Belin, Methodist minister and benefactor to the entire Waccamaw Neck, Belin United Methodist Church was originally constructed in 1925 with materials salvaged from the dismantling of the Oatland Methodist Church near Pawleys Island. The current structure, located at 4182 Highway 17 Business, was re-built in 1991 to resemble the original church that sat on the exact same charismatic site.

3) Murrells Inlet & the MarshWalk

It’s known as the “Seafood Capital of South Carolina,” and it’s clear why from the dozens of famous restaurants along the equally famous MarshWalk. For more, turn to Page 16 for a feature story sure to whet your appetite.

4) Huntington Beach State Park

With more than 2,500 acres, there is so much to do and see at Huntington Beach State Park, which has its entrance right off Highway 17. The park features three miles of undeveloped beachfront. Nature trails and boardwalks wind through the park, leading guests through maritime forest and into a salt marsh. Known for its natural beauty, Huntington Beach State Park was the former winter home of sculptress Anna Hyatt and her husband, philanthropist Archer Huntington, who left the park, including one of South Carolina’s landmarks – Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of the Huntington’s, and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy. Revel in sea-breezes while camping, experience the finest surf fishing South Carolina has to offer and enjoy some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast while visiting Huntington Beach State Park.

5) Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens’ combination of art, history and zoo touches the heart and teaches the mind with new exhibits, programs and tours. Boat rides turn into history lessons, and a visit to the butterfly house becomes a lesson in conservation. Entrance is directly off Highway 17. For more, see our feature story on Page 8.

6) Litchfield Beach

Litchfield Beach is one of the longest most pristine stretches of beach along the Pawleys Island corridor of U.S. Highway 17. It is a favorite of dog lovers, being the only beach where dogs are allowed to run free, off their leashes every morning until 9 o’clock. The beach also attracts bikers who can peddle for miles past Huntington Beach State Park to a jetty, and even ride their bikes out to the tip of the jetty with the ocean on one side and the entance to Murrells Inlet on the other; a favorite dolphing watching spot for many. The beach is also a favorite location for fisherman, who cart their gear down to remote places along the beach to cast into the surf in hopes of bringing in flounder, red fish and other fish native to the coast. There are several routes from Highway 17 to the public beaches. Just look for the signs.

7) All Saints Church

All Saints Episcopal Church, 3560 Kings River Road in Pawleys Island, was one of the most significant Episcopal churches in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its first congregation was formed in 1739, and the church has been located at the same site since its beginning. The church cemetery, established in the 1820s, is significant for the individuals buried there, many of whom were the leading public figures of antebellum Georgetown County. Containing noteworthy gravestone art from circa 1820 to circa 1900, the cemetery sits under a canopy of live oaks and is surrounded by a pierced brick fence with wrought iron gates. The majority of the monuments in the cemetery are simple slab steles sculpted in either marble or granite. But the graveyard also includes table-top tombs and sculptural monuments. Pawleys is full of ghost stories and All Saints Church is home to one of the most famous. The grave of Alice Flagg, a young daughter of a plantation owner with a forbidden love, rests in All Saint’s cemetery. Many rings have been placed there in honor of her. Legends and lore abound in this moss-draped live oak burial ground.

8) Historic Pawleys Island

Laced along three miles of oceanfront, the Pawleys Island Historic District is comprised of cottages dating back to the late 1700s through the mid-1800s. Many, built of Cyprus, have deep porches that were built to catch the breeze. Survivors of wind and time, these homes impart the island with its signature nickname, “arrogantly shabby.” Originally, the cottages were the summer haven of colonial rice plantation owners who brought their families to Pawleys Island to avoid malaria and fevers so prevalent in the interior of the state, Pawleys Island is one of the country’s oldest beach resorts. Again, easily accessible from Highway 17 via the north and south causeways – just look for the signs.

9) Hobcaw Barony

Walk the grounds once visited by Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt, visit the only, fully intact, slave village along the Grand Strand and enjoy unique ecology programs through hikes at the beach, marsh and forests on the grounds of Hobcaw Barony. A 17,500-acre research reserve, Hobcaw Barony is one of the few undeveloped tracts on the Waccamaw Neck. The property includes more than 37 historic buildings and structures representative of the eras of both 18th- and 19th-century rice cultivation and 20th-century winter retreats. Hobcaw Barony, located at 22 Barony Road in Georgetown, was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994. Public access is limited to guided tours and programs.

10) Historic Front Street in Georgetown

Historic Front Street, located in downtown Georgetown, is a must-see destination for waterfront shopping, dining, boating, fishing, historic tours and ghost tours. Easily assessable by land or sea, a potpourri of family-owned shops and restaurants await those that venture down this tree-lined, riverfront thoroughfare. The Harborwalk, a charming boardwalk overlooking the Sampit River, is lined with cafés, galleries, antique shops and specialty stores. Follow the signs from Highway 17 after crossing into Georgetown. Several side streets lead directly to Front Street.

11) Rice Museum

This museum, with its iconic Clock Tower, located at 633 Front St. in Georgetown, is a prominent symbol of Georgetown County. Through dioramas, maps, artifacts and other exhibits, visitors to the Rice Museum are enlightened to the history of a society dependent on the rice crop. The Maritime Museum Gallery, located next door in the Kaminski Hardware building, displays the Browns Ferry Vessel, built in the early 1700s and sunk approximately 1730. Also located in the Kaminski Hardware building is the Prevost Gallery and the Museum Gift Shop. For information, call 843-546-7423 or visit

12) Georgetown County Museum

Located at The History Center at 120 Broad St. in Georgetown, near the intersection with Front Street, this museum offers visitors a look at artifacts that represent 300 years of local history. Artifacts include a model of the Revolutionary War Brig “Fair American,” the first ship in the U.S. Navy, and a cypress dugout canoe found near Caledonia Plantation on the Waccamaw River. Also on display is the original letter from Gen. Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox) to Gen. Nathaneal Greene, dated July 30, 1782, confirming that he would return to Georgetown. For information, call 843-545-7020 or visit

13) S.C. Maritime Museum

This museum at 729 Front St. in downtown Georgetown offers a glimpse into the rich maritime history of South Carolina and Georgetown with large photos, ship models and the actual Fresnel lens that was in the Georgetown Lighthouse at the mouth of Winyah Bay for more than a century. The Harbor Historical Association opened the museum in 2011. One of the most recent additions is a model of The Planter steamship, built by Dennis Cannady of Beaufort County. For information, call 843-520-0111 or visit

14) Kaminski House Museum

Located at 1003 Front St., the former home of Gov. Harold Kaminski was willed to the city by his wife, Julia Pyatt Kaminski, upon her death in 1972. The Kaminski House and the adjacent Stewart-Parker House are perched on a bluff overlooking the Sampit River and Georgetown Harbor. The Kaminski House lawn and gardens, as well as the Stewart-Parker House, can be rented for special events. For information, call 843-546-7706 or visit

15) Gullah Museum

Tucked away at 123-6 King St., this museum celebrates the Gullah/Geechee culture of West African slaves who were skilled farmers. It offers guests a glimpse into the unique culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people, who were taken from their homes in West Africa. Skilled farmers and laborers, Gullah slaves made planters rich by farming rice, indigo and cattle. Exhibits include traditional Gullah art such as story quilts, sweetgrass baskets and carved wooden walking sticks. It also has books about the Gullah language, historical photographs and documents. For information, call 843-527-1851 or visit

16) Hopsewee Plantation

Built circa 1740, some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South’s major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Now a private residence, this National Historic Landmark—near Georgetown, located at 494 Hopsewee Road in Georgetown, is a must-see.

17) Hampton Plantation

Tucked away among live oaks and magnolias, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, located at 1950 Rutledge Road in McClellanville, just outside Georgetown, is home to the remote, final remnants of a colonial-era rice plantation.

The plantation’s Georgian-style mansion and well-kept grounds serve as an interpretive site for the system of slavery that helped build such plantations in South Carolina into the greatest generators of wealth in early American history.

Top 10 Cultural Things to Do in Pawleys Island

The Grand Strand area of South Carolina offers a place to relax, enjoy the sun and beautiful beach, and to explore the history and culture of the Grand Strand region!  Here’s a Top 10 list of favorites places to visit:

Brookgreen Gardens

This 9,100-acre garden/museum preserve of native flora and fauna has over 1,400 statues by over 350 world sculptors throughout the park. Witness the natural beauty of the Grand Strand!

Hopsewee Plantation 

This National Historic Landmark was once a low country rice plantation. This beautiful stately home is South Carolina history before your very eyes! Hopsewee is located in Georgetown County.

The Market Common

For the connoisseur of shopping, Market Common is an aesthetically-pleasing specialty village.  Brick and tree-lined urban community within Myrtle Beach itself.  Enjoy its cultivated atmosphere of shopping for apparel, shoes, gifts and more!

The MarshWalk 

This quaint little fishing village on the south end serves up delicious seafood, cold drinks and live music nightly. Several bars and restaurants line the wooden marsh walk, offering both fine dining and laid-back bar atmosphere!

Broadway at the Beach 

Enjoy family fun as you stroll this shopping/entertainment complex which has a unique New England/Caribbean flavor. Shop for your favorite gifts and memorabilia of Myrtle Beach. Don’t miss the popular 100 or more specialty stores!

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve, located just south of Murrells Inlet, in South Carolina. You will be amazed!

Huntington Beach State Park 

The 2,500 acres of Huntington Beach State Park hold a rich bounty of history and nature! Wildlife lovers, campers and beachgoers keep coming back for more!

The Bowery

Since 1944, The Bowery music hall has entertained millions with their southern flair. Open 7 days a week with cold drinks and live music, the famous Bowery is where the band “Alabama” got their start!

Hobcaw Barony

Located just north of Georgetown, SC, Hobcaw Barony is an internationally known center for research, education and conservation. Tour the property and see Hobcaw House, where Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and other leaders of the 20th century stayed.

Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum 

A fine art gallery, Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum, in Myrtle Beach, has 10 revolving exhibits yearly with a stationary gallery of local southern artists. Enjoy amazing paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photography exhibits and more!

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Got Fish? Fishing Charters Along The Grand Strand

It’s not that we’re fishing for compliments, really.

But there are some things the South Strand does very well, and inshore and offshore adventures are among them.

While staying at your vacation rental at Litchfield by the Sea in Pawleys Island you’re within casting distance of some fun, knowledgeable and reputable charter companies to take you out, hook you up, and reel your catch in for an incredibly memorable outing. This is an especially great option if you’re chipping in with a couple of other adults to defray costs. Flounder, black drum, red drum, sea trout, tarpon and more (and maybe even a shark — eek!) will be swimming right below your feet while experienced guides walk you through the basics, all the way up to advanced technique. They know all the best spots and the tried-and-true tricks, so all you have to do is show up. And have fun.

Who to try in or near the South Strand? Read on.

Carolina Guide Service: Customization is the key to Carolina Guide Service’s operation, which will work with you to find the best spot to get the fish of choice for your outing. Locations vary but most fishing is done in calm, shallow water and always with land in sight — and with a USCG-certified captain helming your vessel. They provide everything — from rods and tackle to an ice-filled cooler — but you’re in charge of smart sun gear and your own food and drink. They’ll pick you up at one of several area ramps, depending on tides and weather, and prices start at $400 for a four-hour trip. They’re great with kids and have excellent specialized local fishing knowledge. They are based in Pawleys Island.

Barrier Island Guide Service: We love this fully licensed and certified crew if you’re trying to please a variety of folks: some may be more into the fishing, others a little less so. You’ll get it all with Barrier Island, whose trips may also include shelling, birding, dolphin watching, island hopping and lighthouse visiting. This will always go over well with the kids, as does the captain’s patience with learning little ones … and larger first-timers, too. Four-hour fishing trips start at $350 (for two anglers), and the eco-tours go for the same price (for four boaters). Large groups can be accommodated for additional fees. As is the case with most area charters, these folks know their stuff and are committed to ensuring you have a fantastic experience. They are also based in Pawleys Island.

Critter Gitter Fishing Charters: Care to venture a little farther out to sea? Based in nearby Georgetown, the creatively named Critter Gitter outfit is primed and ready to take you to the gorgeous Gulf Stream, more than 50 miles from shore. There the more elusive dolphin, tuna and billfish are swimming under the big, radar-equipped boat you’ll call home for the day. This option affords some luxury, given their new Wellcraft 330 Coastal is outfitted with a bathroom and an air-conditioned salon area. Off-shore adventures are full-day affairs, but half-day inshore trips and bottom fishing excursions are also available. You bring food, drink and personal items, and they’ll take care of the rest. Prices and scheduling upon request, so contact licensed and certified Captain Max here.

Other recommended spots include:

Try Inshore Xtreme for fishing with a side of local love. Take a traditional fishing charter or instead spend a day boating to and from Charleston. Rates are competitive and staff is wonderful, with kids especially.

Georgetown Charters is beloved for successful outings, friendly service and diverse fishing options — think jetty, inshore, near shore or flats. They also have a number of different fishing vessels to further customize your trip.